Times night-desk editor Dwight Perry uses Sideline Chatter as a not-so-safe haven for the humorous, offbeat and bizarre events and characters that color the sports landscape. His column runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Sports.
Johnny Manziel and lampshades just seem to go together.
Among the hundreds of prop-bet odds available at Vegas sportsbooks:200-1: That Seahawks or Broncos will finish with the league’s worst record.
John Daly, golf’s one-man soap opera has cut a country song called “Hit It Hard” that draws from his Tour roots, crooning “No laying up, no holding back, ain’t afraid of nothing, it’s a natural fact.”
Unveiling “The Horse Collar,” a 22-inch kielbasa at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
Bills coach Doug Marrone, boiling mad after one too many intrasquad scuffles, says fighting has no place in football. Though he wouldn’t mind his offense adopting the must-score system.
Updated scouting report on Derek Jeter: good hit, big field. The Yankee captain’s face is the subject of a 5-acre corn maze on VonThun Farms in South Brunswick, N.J., and while it won’t make anyone forget “Field of Dreams,” it has a certain aura about it.
Track athlete Champ Goldy, 97, of Haddonfield, N.J., has amassed nearly 300 medals in masters meets since taking up the sport at age 70.
Golfer Jim Furyk hasn’t won on tour since September 2010 — and he blew a three-stroke lead in the final round to lose last month’s Canadian Open — but you won’t see him complaining.
Looks like cupcakes are still on the menu in big-time college football. ESPN polled the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame — on the subject of nonconference games.
Bubba Watson certainly picked a bad time to take a drop.The two-time Masters champion visited the Saints’ training camp and, given a shot at running a play, let a simple swing pass from Drew Brees slip through his hands.